So this weekend we had my in-laws to stay. I had already touched on how hubby and I managed to have a date day on Saturday which was lovely.
What it did really do was give little man the opportunity to have a few days with his grandparents, which was equally as important.
They had a lovely time – they visited White Post Farm, went swimming and then on Sunday we all visited Rufford Abbey for a coffee and a walk around.
I absolutely love Rufford Abbey, but i will admit i usually don’t do too much exploring – a walk around the lake does me fine. However we found the Children’s garden and play area this time which was fab.
We wandered around the lakes and fed the ducks until the birds joined in catching the bread in mid air, which was incredibly impressive. We decided that we ought to go for a coffee when little man started feeding himself the bread rather than the ducks.
We walked over to the Courtyard and enjoyed hot drinks and a few sandwiches and muffins whilst little man had his lunch. They did a really good selection of snacks and hot food which is perfect on a freezing cold day.
That was when we found the Children’s garden and play area. It was made up of all wooden tree houses, wooden horses to sit on and tunnels for the older children to crawl through. It was really nice to not have the traditional swings and slides, and for the children to use their own imagination when playing.
Little man loved the houses and was running in between them for ages peeking out one side to Daddy and the other side to Grandad.
Overall we really enjoyed Rufford Abbey for those few hours we were there. You could easily spend longer in the summer bringing picnics and playing outside in the grounds, but it was just too cold to stay outside for too long.
We had a lovely weekend, which finished in of course a quick house clean at the end of the day before the week started all over again.
The house will open for visitors again next week when my parents join us for lots of celebrations.
Do you all enjoy making the most out of the dry (but cold) weather with your little ones?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO